Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hillary And Her Enemies


Hillary’s enemies, the so-called vast right wing conspiracy to deny her the presidency, are not all members in good standing on the right.

Shortly after FBI Director James Comey failed to pronounce a doom on her, Mr. Comey having declined to prosecute Mrs. Clinton on criminal charges, the vast left wing Clintonista conspiracy began salting the political theatre with the absurd notion that she had been exonerated. Not everyone on the left bought into the “Hillary is blameless” bit. Colin McEnroe poured scorn on the notion  in his regular Hartford Courant column:

“FBI Director James Comey was a study in barely controlled rage Tuesday when announcing his findings. It was hard to tell who he was more angry at: Madame Idiot Secretary, who traveled the world's trouble spots while firing off classified information on an email system that wasn't even as secure as Gmail, or the Clinton-haters claiming Comey and his agency were dancing to somebody else's tune...
“He [Comey] had a mission on Tuesday: tell everybody that Clinton had been insanely reckless and irresponsible, make it clear that her public explanation of what did and didn't happen was not the truth, and then explain why it still wasn't a criminal case.”
Mark Twain evidently was right when he said that a lie could travel halfway around the world while the truth was still getting its boots on. Predictably, the truth had not yet reached the ears of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who told Connecticut’s media following Mr. Comey’s “exoneration” of the sainted Mrs. Clinton, “We expected this announcement for a very long time. I’m frankly sorry it took so long to clear her name. And hopefully this campaign can return to the issues that really matter to the American people.” No one save Mr. Murphy claims that Mr. Comey’s report clears Mrs. Clinton’s name.

The issues of moment that matter to the American people, Mr. Murphy said, were “jobs and education and health care” – not, significantly, Mrs. Clinton's President George W. Bush-like overthrow of a distasteful tyrant in the Middle East. “We came, we saw, he died,” said Secretary of State Clinton of ousted Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.  Following Mr. Gaddafi's assassination, Libya, North Africa, and Iraq, from which Mr. Obama had unadvisedly withdrawn troops to satisfy a campaign pledge, descended into chaos and eventually were infiltrated by ISIS, Mr. Obama’s JV team. In addition, a U.S. ambassador and other Americans were assaulted and murdered by well-organized Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. ISIS is now operating in six different countries. It’s most recent domestic recruit was Omar Mateen, a homegrown, second generation Islamic warrior who murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50 others attending a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal, Mr. Murphy’s white-washing confederate, did not leap off the cliff. Having spent nearly twenty years of his political career as Connecticut’s consumer protection Attorney General writing splashy media releases, Mr. Blumenthal’s public statement was artfully modulated.  Mr. Blumenthal praised Mr. Comey as a man who was able “to make judgments about criminal matters with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.  And so I trust his judgment, and I believe it will have a great deal of credibility with the American People.”

Mrs. Clinton did have a credibility problem with the credible Mr. Comey, who pulled no punches in his excoriating statement concerning Mrs. Clinton’s unavailing attempt to hide her corpses from the American public. And she may have a problem even among thoughtful women whose votes Mr. Blumenthal is depending upon to re-orbit himself into office in the upcoming elections. Those women can easily spot a masterful politician like Mr. Blumenthal trimming the truth, which is exactly what Mr. Comey said it was: Mrs. Clinton lied numerous times – yet again – used several different unauthorized accounts on a  server that contained information marked top secret at the time she made the information available to people who had no security clearance – including her lawyers – and broadcasted the information on a server less secure than the average Gmail account.

Understandably, Mr. Blumenthal wants to “move on” from Mrs. Clinton’s e-mail debacle. His Republican opponent for the U.S. Senate, Dan Carter, has recently announced he plans to make re-election prospects  for Mr. Blumenthal less problematic by stepping over “social issues,” a path trodden before him by no fewer than  three prominent fiscally conservative, socially liberal Republicans, all of whom were soundly beaten by progressive Democrats.

The Republican graveyard is full of incumbents and challengers who refused to engage on “social issues” after allowing Democrats to conquer unopposed more than half the political battlefield. It is now thought “extreme” for Republicans who do not want to repeal Roe v Wade to put reasonable restrictions on abortions that occur after the third trimester, or to defend the constitutional religious rights of The Little Sisters of the Poor, or to mention in any political documents that Hartford – Connecticut’s Capital city and recently the murder capital of New England – has been a Democratic hegemon, as have other major cities in the state, for a half century or more. Democrats' abject failure to lift African Americans out of their persistent “social issues” has been conspicuous and undeniable. The urban citizens most cruelly affected by crime and the solicitous concern of teary Democrats are young African American boys, young girls impregnated by older men, fatherless children and shattered mothers who have attended far too many funerals.


But all these are “social issues” beyond the ken of Republicans whose campaigns generally run on economic gas, and Democrats so far have been much too successful in persuading the poor and wretched in cities that their “social problems” can be settled by the snake oil sold to them by hegemonic Democrats. 

     
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